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Post by UncleBob » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:43 am

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Re: Archaeology in the News

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TOILET FOUND IN 3,000-YEAR-OLD SHRINE VERIFIES BIBLE STORIES AGAINST IDOL WORSHIP
The stone toilet sits in Tel Lachish, a sprawling Iron Age city and the Kingdom of Judah's most important one after the capitol, Jerusalem. It was found in what the archaeologists believe to be a gate-shrine within Israel's largest ancient city gate. The ruler at that time, King Hezekiah, enacted campaigns of religious worship and reform that made their way into the Hebrew Bible on multiple occasions.
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Re: Archaeology in the News

Post by hugodrax » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:41 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:39 am
TOILET FOUND IN 3,000-YEAR-OLD SHRINE VERIFIES BIBLE STORIES AGAINST IDOL WORSHIP
The stone toilet sits in Tel Lachish, a sprawling Iron Age city and the Kingdom of Judah's most important one after the capitol, Jerusalem. It was found in what the archaeologists believe to be a gate-shrine within Israel's largest ancient city gate. The ruler at that time, King Hezekiah, enacted campaigns of religious worship and reform that made their way into the Hebrew
Bible on multiple occasions.
Eh, people have always dumped on other people's religions. Style points to the Jews, though.
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Re: Archaeology in the News

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Tests offer new information on date of site believed to be tomb of Christ
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A conservator cleans the surface of the Edicule, the traditional site of Jesus' burial and resurrection, in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem. (Credit: Oded Balilty/ National Geographic via CNS.)


… In the fourth century, Constantine is said to have sent a team from Rome to the Holy Land in search of the site, and after the group believed they had located it, they tore down a pagan temple on top of it and protected the tomb.

Over the centuries, the structures above the tomb have been the victims of natural and human attacks. At some point, a marble slab was placed on top of the tomb, perhaps to prevent eager pilgrims from taking home pieces of it.

[…]

“Mortar sampled from between the original limestone surface of the tomb and a marble slab that covers it has been dated to around A.D. 345,” said National Geographic in a Nov. 28 news story. Until the results were revealed to National Geographic in late November by scientist and professor Antonia Moropoulou, who directed the restoration project, there was no scientific evidence to support that the tomb was older than 1,000 years, the story says.

What’s harder to pin down scientifically is evidence to prove that the person who was placed on the tomb’s limestone rock shelf and buried there was Jesus of Nazareth. However, a documentary set to air Dec. 3 on National Geographic‘s cable channel shows interviews with scholars who say oral history strongly supports the possibility that the location of the shrine is the place where Jesus is believed to have been buried, a place where Christians believe he returned to life. …




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Re: Archaeology in the News

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2,700-year-old seal impression cements existence of biblical Jerusalem governor
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Found 100 meters from Jerusalem's Western Wall, the First Temple period sealing published in December 2017 bears an inscription stating, 'To the Governor of the City.' (Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority)

Found in ongoing Western Wall plaza excavations, the minuscule clay piece is inscribed in ancient Hebrew script, 'To the governor of the city'

Past and present collided last week when an extremely rare seal impression discovered in Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza and bearing the inscription “To the governor of the city” was presented to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

According to site excavator Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, “This is the first time that such an impression was found in an authorized excavation. It supports the biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago.”

At the presentation, Barkat said, “It is very overwhelming to receive greetings from First Temple-period Jerusalem. This shows that already 2,700 years ago, Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, was a strong and central city.”

The minuscule clay seal impression, or docket, was found while researchers were examining the dust from a First Temple structure 100 meters northwest of the Western Wall at a site the Israel Antiquity Authorities has been excavating since 2005. The excavations have offered up insights into Jerusalem’s Second Temple and Roman periods, as well as a massive Iron Age four-room building where an eclectic collection of six other seals were uncovered, whose origins point to a thriving cosmopolitan Iron Age center or settlement.

“The seal impression had been attached to an important transport and served as some sort of logo, or as a tiny souvenir, which was sent on behalf of the governor of the city,” said Weksler-Bdolah in an IAA release.

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Re: Archaeology in the News

Post by hugodrax » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:40 am

wosbald wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:00 am
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2,700-year-old seal impression cements existence of biblical Jerusalem governor
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Found 100 meters from Jerusalem's Western Wall, the First Temple period sealing published in December 2017 bears an inscription stating, 'To the Governor of the City.' (Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority)

Found in ongoing Western Wall plaza excavations, the minuscule clay piece is inscribed in ancient Hebrew script, 'To the governor of the city'

Past and present collided last week when an extremely rare seal impression discovered in Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza and bearing the inscription “To the governor of the city” was presented to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

According to site excavator Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, “This is the first time that such an impression was found in an authorized excavation. It supports the biblical rendering of the existence of a governor of the city in Jerusalem 2,700 years ago.”

At the presentation, Barkat said, “It is very overwhelming to receive greetings from First Temple-period Jerusalem. This shows that already 2,700 years ago, Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, was a strong and central city.”

The minuscule clay seal impression, or docket, was found while researchers were examining the dust from a First Temple structure 100 meters northwest of the Western Wall at a site the Israel Antiquity Authorities has been excavating since 2005. The excavations have offered up insights into Jerusalem’s Second Temple and Roman periods, as well as a massive Iron Age four-room building where an eclectic collection of six other seals were uncovered, whose origins point to a thriving cosmopolitan Iron Age center or settlement.

“The seal impression had been attached to an important transport and served as some sort of logo, or as a tiny souvenir, which was sent on behalf of the governor of the city,” said Weksler-Bdolah in an IAA release.

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Re: Archaeology in the News

Post by infidel » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:22 am

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Re: Archaeology in the News

Post by tuttle » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:43 am

That's really interesting. The idea that it could be a drawing of the sky feels to me like a credible theory.

It's funny though, because we have so little idea of the motives behind so many ancient (for lack of a better term) "artwork", that this could be a map of the sky or just a drawing where some guy was like, "Aw crap..I drew the sun too high. Screw it, I'll put it here." Or maybe it was some sort of instruction about the movement of the sun. Or perhaps it was pure imagination, a fantasy world depicted with two suns. The point is we don't know.

But it made me laugh to read how the scientist first approached it:
“Our first argument was, there cannot be two suns,” Vahia said.
:lol: I don't know why but that strikes me as hilarious.
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Re: Archaeology in the News

Post by wosbald » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:17 am

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tuttle wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:43 am
infidel wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:22 am
Two suns? No, it's a supernova drawn 6,000 years ago, say scientists
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Photograph of the carving (left) and sketch (right). Photograph: Vahia/Tata Reseach Institute
That's really interesting. The idea that it could be a drawing of the sky feels to me like a credible theory.

It's funny though, because we have so little idea of the motives behind so many ancient (for lack of a better term) "artwork", that this could be a map of the sky or just a drawing where some guy was like, "Aw crap..I drew the sun too high. Screw it, I'll put it here." Or maybe it was some sort of instruction about the movement of the sun. Or perhaps it was pure imagination, a fantasy world depicted with two suns. The point is we don't know.
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